Located on Jeju Island, South Korea, Branksome Hall Asia is an independent school with its own Principal and its own Board of Governors. The school has adopted the vision and mission of Branksome Hall Canada, and it offers the IB curriculum, with classes conducted primarily in English.
The school, which opened in 2012 with 300 students, now has almost 900 students. Enrolment is expected to increase to 1,200 in a few years. The opening ceremony on October 29, 2012, attracted almost 1,000 dignitaries, students, faculty, and citizens of Jeju Island.
Faculty include talented, committed educators from several countries.
The school’s award-winning design reflects some of the natural elements of Jeju Island, including volcanic rock, as well as Canadian-inspired elements such as timber. Facilities include an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a 350-seat perfoming arts centre, a golf academy, and a state-of-the-art Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) and Visual Art Centre.
With an educational philosophy that is shared with Branksome Hall Canada, Branksome Hall Asia makes it possible for enriched exchange programs that provide our Toronto-based students with the opportunity to experience life in another country without disrupting their studies.
During March Break, all of our current Grade 9 students in Toronto have the opportunity to travel to Branksome Hall Asia, where they explore the natural wonders of Jeju Island. This unique study-abroad program provides Grade 9 students with an immersive global engagement experience at the state-of-the-art Branksome Hall Asia campus.
With their Branksome Hall Asia buddies, students undertake a week-long unit of study focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The opportunity also includes excursions to Jeju Island’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, historic and cultural attractions of the island, as well as a three-day visit to Seoul to experience the city’s unique contemporary culture and history.
We wish to acknowledge this land on which Branksome operates. For thousands of years, it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and go to school on this land.